Prince Fielder is possibly the last professional athlete you would expect to appear naked on the front cover of an established magazine but the Texas Rangers' star has graced ESPN The Magazine's annual Body Issue this week. 

Fielder is captured boldly showing off his large frame and defending his body over years of criticism centered around his size and lack attention paid to his weight. 

The athletes that are usually promoted on ESPN's body issue magazine fit the stereotypical mould of 'gym-rats' who have perfected the sculptured adonis-look. 

The magazine always showcases their athletes in a tasteful manner but Fielder's appearance on the front cover has caused quite a stir, becoming one of the more controversial athlete inclusions made by ESPN The Magazine.

Other stars to have been featured in the past include Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, Tennis superstar Venus Williams and 18-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps.

You can head over to ESPN.com to check out some of the other athletes that have been portrayed in the past.

The annual production of the body issue has made specific efforts previously to endorse all kind of body types, it has even included 77-year old golfer Gary Player and once showed off the body of Kerri Walsh Jennings who was 8 months pregnant at the time.

Fielder is widely known for his size and is one of the largest baseball players in the MLB, although the Rangers outfielder will be quite happy with the way the magazine has tailored their shots for him.

Fielder has already spoke openly about his inclusion in the body issue and recently spoke to ESPN about it, he said: 

"A lot of people probably think I'm not athletic or don't even try to work out or whatever, but I do. Just because you're big doesn't mean you can't be an athlete. And just because you work out doesn't mean you're going to have a 12-pack. I work out to make sure I can do my job to the best of my ability. Other than that, I'm not going up there trying to be a fitness model."

Fielder has continued to amass incredible amounts of money and success from his baseball career and all that whilst being called overweight, the body issue is a simple acceptance message that he has sent out to anyone willing to criticise him.

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